The Central Titans are on the verge of winning the inaugural JCA Elite Super League cricket title following the close of play on day one of their final round game against Eastern Tigers at Melbourne Oval. The Titans entered the round with a five point advantage over second placed Southern Seals and need only a draw to secure the title.
Electing to bat against the Tigers, they were dismissed for 230 with Tamar Lambert 46, Kennar Lewis 42 and Steven Taylor 33 being the chief run-scorers. Oshane Thomas bagged 4-69 while Javon Buchanan and Yannick Elliot picked up two wickets each. The Tigers at stumps were struggling at 128-6, still 101 runs away from first innings points, with 4 wickets in hand. Aaron Johnson is leading the way for the Tigers, as he is unbeaten on 97 as Mikhail Powell has so far taken 2-28.
Meanwhile, the Southern Seals who must win outright to stand any chance of lifting the title, closed on 35-2 in response to 103 made by the Northern Panthers after play was delayed for over two hours due to rain.
Jamie Merchant 4-24 and Jason Dawes 4-29 were the chief destroyers in the Northern Panthers innings as Javell Glenn 32, was the top scorer. And the Western Warriors were 208-3 in response to 120 all out made by the Combined Universities and Colleges.
Shamarie Brown 4-24 and Damion Distin 3-16 did the damage for the Warriors as Cassius Burton Jr made 33 for the students. In response, Leonardo Friginette 79 and Myron Wilson 54, are the not out batsmen for the Warriors who closed with a first innings lead of 88.